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Marvel Announces Four Original TV Shows for Netflix, Starting with 'Daredevil'

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If you're an avid viewer of Marvel's ABC series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," you'll be pleased to know that even more comic-inspired TV shows are headed to your screen.

The Disney-owned comic book powerhouse announced today (Nov. 7) that four new shows, based on superheroes Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, are headed to Netflix in 2015.

A Daredevil original series will be released first, focusing on the exploits of blind lawyer and vigilante hero Matt Murdock. Shows based on detective heroine Jessica Jones, martial-arts master Iron Fist and the ultra-strong Luke Cage will follow.

According to a Marvel blog post, these shows will span years of programming with a focus on "the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen, New York."

Netflix will be releasing at least thirteen episodes for each hero's original series. The shows will culminate in a mini-series titled "The Defenders," which is the name of one of Marvel's longest-running supergroups.

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"This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure," said Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine in the post.

The impending release of Marvel's Netflix shows is part of two growing trends: straight-to-Netflix programming and Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe. Netflix-exclusive shows such as "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black" and the resurrected "Arrested Development" all debuted on the streaming service this year without first surfacing on standard cable. 

Marvel has already shown a dedication to building cinematic universes, as films like 2010's "Iron Man" and 2011's "Thor" developed characters that convened in 2012's blockbuster "The Avengers." Comic-book fans can look forward to this universe expanding even further when Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist smash onto television in 2015. 

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